: 104 Tomorrow morning we start our trek to Tikal, spending three days hiking some 40 miles through the jungle of the Maya Biosphere Reserve into Tikal National Park.
Unlike my last post, we’ll see wildlife in its natural environment, free from cages to live and roam as they do. Of course, they don’t live in perfect safety and still face illegal hunting and habitat loss by illegal deforestation despite protection by law.
But this is why we’re here. To learn about the importance of the forest and the flora and fauna that make it up and to encourage others to see the same. There are some issues we can’t directly address, like the poverty that drives some to poach or to cut down trees, but here is a place where we can start.